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Three area organizations get grants

NELSONVILLE — The Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund awarded more than $29,000 in grants to support nonprofits that are working to provide basic necessities and ensure the health and safety of Appalachian Ohio’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Through this most recent funding, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio awarded grants to eight nonprofits working to make a difference across 14 counties in Appalachian Ohio. In total, the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund has now awarded more than $148,000 to nonprofits serving all 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. More awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We know the road to recovery is going to be a long one, and that our local nonprofits will continue to require extra additional support in meeting the most pressing needs of our communities,” said Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Board Chairman Ron Strickmaker.

Among the eight organizations that received grant awards through the Emergency Response Fund’s most recent round of funding, three serve Jefferson County: Coleman Professional Services, the Family Recovery Center and Urban Mission Ministries.

Coleman Professional Services Inc. received funding to support telehealth services and provide personal protective equipment to staff and clients in Jefferson, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties.

The Family Recovery Center received funding to create resilience bags, which it will distribute to people served by food banks, children’s services and similar service providers in Jefferson and Columbiana counties.

Urban Mission received funding to support food delivery to meet increased needs in Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison and Jefferson counties.

Additional grants awarded through the Emergency Response Fund’s most recent round of funding support the Ashtabula YMCA, the Bethel Ridge Food Pantry, the Gallia Downtown Revitalization Project, Shawnee Family Health Center and the village of Somerset.

FAO’s support for these grantees is possible because of donors, including many grassroots donors as well as funding partners such as DTE Energy, the Longaberger Family Foundation, Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Peoples Bank Foundation.

To learn about the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund, visitAppalachianOhio.org/Coronavirus or contact FAO at (740) 753-1111 or listening@ffao.org.

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